FBG Daily Email - Volume 13, Issue 91
By Joe Bryant
July 23rd, 2012

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Hi Folks,

Good Tuesday to you. It's another day with tons of new content plus we've got the news and notes you need so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. 2nd Opinion Medical Review - Offseason Edition
One of my favorite features is our "2nd Opinion" where our resident Footballguys Medical Doctor, Dr. Jene Bramel, MD takes a look at injury situations. It's pretty rare to see an intersection of this kind of medical knowledge with the football expertise Jene brings. It's a must read column each week during the season and here he breaks down some of the injuries we're watching this summer. If you're thinking about buying the Footballguys Insider, I'd buy it just for Jene's column. Seriously.

B. The Fantasy Football Guide To Twitter
I'll go ahead and say it. If you're at least consuming info on Twitter, you're behind when it comes to Fantasy Football. There's just that much good info there. But I know it's kind of daunting at first. Our Jene Bramel has what you need in this intro.

C. The Principles of Value Based Drafting
An updated article by some random guy ranting about a drafting system. It's where it all started for me.

D. Under Valued / Over Valued - Dynasty Edition
I love our "Over Valued / Under Valued" series and in this one the Footballguys Staff tears into players from a Dynasty angle.

E. Footballguys Player Spotlight: Jamaal Charles
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights are some of the most in depth looks you'll find on players anywhere. In this one, we dig deep into Jamaal Charles.

F. Footballguys Player Spotlight: Isaac Redman
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights are some of the most in depth looks you'll find on players anywhere. In this one, we dig deep into Isaac Redman.

G. Footballguys Player Spotlight: Malcom Floyd
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights are some of the most in depth looks you'll find on players anywhere. In this one, we dig deep into Malcom Floyd.

H. Footballguys Player Spotlight: Robert Meachem
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights are some of the most in depth looks you'll find on players anywhere. In this one, we dig deep into Robert Meachem.

I. Footballguys Player Spotlight: Steve Smith (CAR)
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights are some of the most in depth looks you'll find on players anywhere. In this one, we dig deep into Carolina's Steve Smith.

J. Footballguys Player Spotlight: Torrey Smith
Our Footballguys Player Spotlights are some of the most in depth looks you'll find on players anywhere. In this one, we dig deep into Torrey Smith.

K. Footballguys Face Off: Jay Cutler
Our Footballguys Face Offs are our Staff Guys doing what any Footballguys do when they get together: argue over players and issues. In this one, they face off over Jay Cutler.

L. Footballguys Face Off: Doug Martin
Our Footballguys Face Offs are our Staff Guys doing what any Footballguys do when they get together: argue over players and issues. In this one, they face off over Doug Martin.

M. Footballguys Face Off: Julio Jones
Our Footballguys Face Offs are our Staff Guys doing what any Footballguys do when they get together: argue over players and issues. In this one, they face off over Julio Jones.

N. Commissioner Basics: Constitution Creation
Our Will Grant picks up his Commish series and in this one looks at creating a league Constitution.

O. Commissioner Basics: League Size
Our Will Grant picks up his Commish series and in this one looks at league sizes.

P. Commissioner Series: Beyond The Rules
Our Will Grant picks up his Commish series and in this one looks at how to handle situations beyond the rules.

Q. Commissioner Series: League Formats
Our Will Grant picks up his Commish series and in this one looks at different league formats.

R. Commissioner Series: General Changes
Our Will Grant picks up his Commish series and in this one looks at making general changes in your league.

S. Commissioner Series: Scoring Changes
Our Will Grant picks up his Commish series and in this one looks at making scoring changes.

T. From The Gut
Our Sigmund Bloom with his "from the gut" take on what he's seeing with different skill positions. A ton of quick hitting nuggets that's a great read.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. MIN - RB Toby Gerhart thinks RB Adrian Peterson will be ready
2. CLE - Trent Richardson to carry majority of workload
3. NYJ - Jeff Otah acquired
4. OAK - WR Louis Murphy traded
5. CAR - WR Louis Murphy acquired
6. BUF - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick sees lots of optimism
7. MIA - WR Chad Ochocinco changes name again
8. OAK - QB Carson Palmer sees offensive potential
9. BAL - QB Joe Flacco believes he's sticking around
10. PHI - QB Michael Vick stands behind dynasty comment
11. CLE - Backup RB battle to be heated
12. DET - Ryan Broyles expects to be ready for start of camp
13. KC - Top two TEs expected to see significant playing time
14. KC - Would like to use top two RBs a lot
15. NFL - RB Travis Henry wants to make a comeback
16. DAL - RB Felix Jones cleared for practice
17. DET - CB Aaron Berry released
18. DAL - Morris Claiborne signed
19. DAL - CB Mike Jenkins to report Wednesday
20. PHI - Mychal Kendricks to open camp as starter
21. BUF - OLB Shawne Merriman looking to bounce back

MIN - RB Toby Gerhart thinks RB Adrian Peterson will be ready

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Minnesota Vikings RB Toby Gerhart said he thinks RB Adrian Peterson (knee) will be ready to play in Week 1. 'I think (Adrian Peterson) will (play in the opener),' Gerhart said. 'You can never be surprised with Adrian. The way he comes to work every day, the way he pushes himself - he was flying around, straight-line speed, moving out there, racing Percy up the hill, doing conditioning stuff ... I haven't seen him in a couple weeks now, but I'm sure he's continued to make leaps and bounds in progress, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's ready. You can never count Adrian out.'

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Peterson is already back to sprinting but we expect the team to be cautious with him as he comes back from this injury. Several sources close to the team feel the Vikings will ease him back into the lineup during the regular season. This could mean an increased role for Gerhart during September.

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CLE - Trent Richardson to carry majority of workload

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson is considered a lock to carry a significant load as the feature back in head coach Pat Shurmur's West Coast offense.

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Nothing but great news for the Browns here. Richardson is essentially the next Adrian Peterson and a true workhorse back who can grind down a defense. We like his angry running style, speed, and ability as a receiver out of the backfield. Richardson is going off the board as a RB1 in the late first- or early second-round of most fantasy drafts.

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NYJ - Jeff Otah acquired

Source: Twitter

The New York Jets have acquired OT Jeff Otah from the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed conditional draft choice.

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This is a boom/bust trade for the Jets here. If Otah can stay healthy (and the Jets can motivate him) then he'll greatly help the ground game. When Otah plays up to his potential he's a suffocating road grader on the right side of the line. On the other hand, Otah has appeared in just four games over the past two seasons for the Panthers. Now that Otah has moved on guys like Bruce Campbell and Byron Bell will compete for Carolina's starting Right Tackle position.

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OAK - WR Louis Murphy traded

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Jason Cole

The Oakland Raiders have traded WR Louis Murphy to the Carolina Panthers. It is not known what the Raiders will receive in the trade.

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Murphy was in a fight for a roster spot, and the Raiders likely received a late-round pick for him. This move helps the chances of undrafted WR Rod Streater to make the team.

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CAR - WR Louis Murphy acquired

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Jason Cole

The Carolina Panthers have acquired WR Louis Murphy from the Oakland Raiders. It is not known what the Raiders will receive in the trade.

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Murphy gives veteran depth to the Panthers thin WR corps. We can't imagine him getting much playing time if guys like Brandon LaFell and David Gettis stay healthy. Murphy has briefly flashed talent during his pro career but has been held back by injuries.

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BUF - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick sees lots of optimism

Source: NFL.com - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said he is excited to arrive for training camp, as there is a lot of optimism surrounding the team heading into the 2012 season. 'I think the optimism surrounding the team right now is really up there,' Fitzpatrick said. 'It's the highest it's been since I've been in Buffalo going into year four. We feel that as players. We feel the excitement and optimism, to be honest.'

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There's plenty of reason for Bills fans to be excited. They have arguably the best D-Line in the league, an improved secondary, and multiple weapon at the RB position. We feel Buffalo could make a run at the playoffs in 2012.

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MIA - WR Chad Ochocinco changes name again

Source: NFL.com - Jeff Darlington

Miami Dolphins WR Chad Ochocinco was in a courthouse Monday, July 23, for a hearing finalizing a process that allowed him to legally change his name back to Johnson. He originally changed his name to Ochocinco in 2008.

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We'd like to see Chad Johnson get his focus back to football. He should stop tweeting so much and spend more time studying his playbook. Johnson is not the same player he used to be, but may be the Dolphins most productive WR in 2012.

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OAK - QB Carson Palmer sees offensive potential

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Oakland Raiders QB Carson Palmer believes the team's offense has the firepower to score a lot of points this upcoming season. 'With Darren McFadden in the backfield, an offensive line that is hungry. They're gonna open up great holes for him,' Palmer said. 'And then a lot of speed on the outside. Really fast receivers with a lot of playaction stuff. I'm excited. Having a chance to play for Coach Knapp, I'm excited.'

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McFadden is one of the best RBs in the game today, but has yet to play a full 16 game season during his pro career. We like the receiving weapons the Raiders have compiled over the last two years. Guys like Denarius Moore and Juron Criner could help Palmer finish as a top 15 fantasy Quarterback.

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BAL - QB Joe Flacco believes he's sticking around

Source: Carroll County Times - Aaron Wilson

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco isn't concerned about the pace of contract discussions or whether a deal will be struck in a particular amount of time as he prepares to report to training camp. Flacco is confident he will remain in Baltimore for the long term. 'I'm not worried about it,' Flacco said. 'I told (agent) Joe (Linta) don't even call me. I'm not worried about it. Unless you have some kind of crazy news, then don't concern me with it. I'm going to go out there, I'm going to play, I'm going to practice. There really is no time table. If it happens, it happens. I see myself being here for many years, no matter what happens.'

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The Ravens are working feverishly to lock down Flacco but no deal is imminent. Flacco's agent feels his client should be paid like a top 5 QB, but the team is unlikely to give up that kind of money. If no deal is hammered out this year the Ravens could always use the Franchise Tag on Flacco next offseason.

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PHI - QB Michael Vick stands behind dynasty comment

Source: NFL.com

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick said he is standing behind comments he made regarding the team emerging into a dynasty. 'That's just me speaking out of confidence, and I think if you ask my teammates they'll tell you the same thing, that they feel the same way,' Vick said. 'As a quarterback that's just how I feel. You've got to speak it into existence. You gotta aim to shoot for the stars, and if you miss at least you'll be amongst them, and ... I think that's gotta be our mind-set. But it all starts on the practice field. It all starts right now, it all starts here and that's going out and putting in the hard work and the effort to get there.'

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Vick would be best served just to let his play do the talking. We usually don't consider teams a potential dynasty until they've won two Super Bowls. The Eagles have zero in the history of the franchise.

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CLE - Backup RB battle to be heated

Source: Akron Beacon Journal - Nate Ulrich

The only real competition at the running back position for the Cleveland Browns is to determine who will become the primary backup to RB Trent Richardson. The team likely will favor whoever proves to be the best receiving threat and pass protector, especially on third down. Contributions on special teams might be a deciding factor, too. Head coach Pat Shurmur said RBs Montario Hardesty and Brandon Jackson would both play this year, but it is uncertain who will have a more prominent role. RB Chris Ogbonnaya is also in the mix, and his ability on special teams will help his cause should one of the others falter or suffer injury.

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We like Hardesty's natural ability but he's been unable to stay healthy during most of his college and pro career. Jackson is looking to make a comeback and has good versatility because of his receiving ability.

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DET - Ryan Broyles expects to be ready for start of camp

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (knee) said he believes he will be able to something when training camp begins and does not expect to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Broyles is making an extremely speedy recovery here. He's coming back from a knee injury he suffered last year in October playing for the Oklahoma Sooners. We like Broyles best as a slot WR because of his crisp route running and run after the catch ability. He'll compete with Nate Burleson and Titus Young for targets behind superstar Calvin Johnson.

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KC - Top two TEs expected to see significant playing time

Source: The Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs TEs Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss are expected to receive a lot of playing time this season. The team may use two-tight end sets often during the season.

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Getting Moeaki back is a huge boost for the Chiefs passing game. He's a quality move TE with the speed to attack the deep middle seam of the defense. However, Moeaki has an extensive injury history dating back to his days in college. If he can stay healthy this year he could perform like a top 12 fantasy TE.

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KC - Would like to use top two RBs a lot

Source: The Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher

The Kansas City Chiefs would like RBs Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis to touch the ball 500 times combined this season.

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The Chiefs could use both in the backfield at the same time. Both Hillis and Charles are good receivers with Hillis being the better short yardage runner and Charles being the best big play threat. We see this as a hothand approach for the Chiefs in 2012, which complicates things for fantasy owners.

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NFL - RB Travis Henry wants to make a comeback

Source: thesidelineview.com - Adam Caplan

Former NFL RB Travis Henry is hoping to make a comeback in the NFL. Henry will turn 34 in October.

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Henry has been in federal prison since 2009 on a drug trafficking conviction. We can't imagine any team interested in the troubled back. The only way he'll play in the NFL this season is by creating himself as a player in Madden 2013.

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DAL - RB Felix Jones cleared for practice

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Calvin Watkins

Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones (shoulder) has been medically cleared to practice before the start of training camp, according to a source.

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Good news for Jones here. He's extremely talented but has been setback by injuries during his pro career. Jones is going to play as the primary backup RB behind Demarco Murray.

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DET - CB Aaron Berry released

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

The Detroit Lions have released CB Aaron Berry.

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No surprise here. Berry was arrested twice in the last month, and the team wanted to move on. He was arrested for DUI on June 26th, then arrested again on Saturday night after waiving a loaded firearm at three people. Now that Berry is off the team guys like Alphonso Smith, Dwight Bentley, and Jacob Lacey will compete for the starting Right Cornerback position.

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DAL - Morris Claiborne signed

Source: NFL.com

The Dallas Cowboys have signed first-round draft choice CB Morris Claiborne to a four-year deal worth $16.26 million.

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A great pick by the Cowboys here. Their secondary was weak last year, but they made huge upgrades when they added Brandon Carr in free agency and drafted Claiborne in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Claiborne has great speed and transitions out of his backpedal smoothly. He has the ability to be a shutdown CB in the league.

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DAL - CB Mike Jenkins to report Wednesday

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Calvin Watkins

Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) will report with rookies and injured players to start training camp Wednesday, July 25, according to a source. Jenkins missed voluntary workouts because he was upset by a lack of progress regarding a new contract; however, he did report for mandatory workouts.

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Jenkins has yet to be cleared medically as he's still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. He'll play as the team's third CB this year behind rookie Morris Claiborne and free agent addition Brandon Carr.

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PHI - Mychal Kendricks to open camp as starter

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Sunday, July 22, that LB Mychal Kendricks will open training camp as the team's starting strong-side linebacker.

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Kendricks was the heart and soul of the Cal defense last year and he lined up as both Inside and Outside Linebacker. He's not the biggest prospect but is a high effort player who makes plays because of his non-stop motor.

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BUF - OLB Shawne Merriman looking to bounce back

Source: BuffaloBills.com - Chris Brown

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') is attempting to re-capture his status as a premier player in the NFL this season. He spent a good deal of time at the right end position in the team's nickel package during spring practices.

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Merriman has been slowed down in recent years by injuries and is certainly not the same player he used to be. We're not expecting him to recapture his former glory, but could be a quality rotational pass rusher for the Bills if he can stay healthy.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of what we're doing with Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the update.

Peace,

J

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